In Memoriam

We have been saddened to learn of the deaths of the following members of the University Glee Club community.


James H. Scott, Jr.

James (Jim) Scott passed away on Sunday, April 2, at his home in Tenafly, NJ with his wife Kathy and two children, Andrew and Betsy, by his side. His economic research helped bridge the gap between scholars and investors. Jim Scott was the Founding CEO of Quantitative Management Associates and Chairman of the Board for the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance, better known as “The Q-Group.” He also served as a Senior Managing Director for GM Asset Management. Jim‘s research on capital structure and bankruptcy (1976) helped value corporate assets in an uncertain world. He developed quantitative investment techniques that are commonly used today. Born in Dallas, TX on January 28, 1945, Jim earned his BA from Rice University and his PhD in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University. He met Kathy Bilderback while working as a research fellow for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, OH. The couple lived in Milwaukee, WI and Stanford, CA before moving to the East Coast, where Jim became a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and led the Finance Department. He was an enthusiastic member of the University Glee Club of New York City and a dedicated volunteer at the Church of the Atonement.

A memorial service will be held at the Church of Atonement on Saturday, April 22, at 10am.

97 Highwood Ave., Tenafly, NJ 07670. Services handled by Barrett Funeral Home, Tenafly, NJ.

It is with sadness we announce the passing of Jim Scott, a spirited UGC voice for many years. Below is a note received from a former NJ choir mate:

For quite a few years, I have had the pleasure of singing in my church choir next to Jim Scott.  I was delighted to find out that he was a member of UGC, as my Dad had been an Associate Member for many years, and growing up, I’d been to quite a few concerts and parties back in the John Baldwin years.

Over the past year, we at Church of the Atonement in Tenafly, NJ were distressed to see Jim‘s increasing difficulty with breathing, but we all didn’t expect his disease to progress so quickly. 

A private funeral service is planned. Our church will also be holding a Memorial Service Saturday April 22nd 10:00 AM Church of the Atonement, 97 Highwood Avenue,Tenafly, NJ 07670.

Any of Jim‘s UGC friends who would like to come to this service are welcome.

Jeff Pieper  



Robert Doughty Weeks, Jr.

Phillips Babcock

Joan Soons

Joan (Horton) Soons of Stonington Connecticut, died peacefully at home Monday, July 4, 2016. Joan was the wife of longtime UGC member and past president, William R. Soons. She led an active life preceding her brief illness, splitting her time between Stonington CT and Naples FL. She was a master gardener, expert bridge player and avid golfer and sailor.

Joan and Bill spent many happy years together prior to Bill’s death in 2011, each bringing tremendous vitality and joy into the lives of all who knew them. They brought the perfect mix of elegance and fun to every event, including many UGC concerts, afterglows and singing retreats. They were generous and welcoming hosts, and they cared deeply for their singing family.

Joan and Bill created countless contributions to our collective “memory bank” over their long and productive lives, which as Bill would often say, always accepts deposits but can never be overdrawn. We’ll remember them always.

— Jack Dorer